After the usual searches of the usual sources for info/recommendations on the usual brands, I ended up with something entirely different. Just happened across a review of the Lumix and was hooked. I haven't tried everything yet, but I mostly like what I have tried so far. The first thing I noticed on the camera was a real on/off switch, NOT a button! Love that. Then I noticed the lens was threaded for filters, just like a "real" camera. Nice thing is, it's 52mm, which is the filter size of my old 35mm camera, so I had a UV filter ready to be used. I like the view finder, I sometimes prefer to use same, and it's optically compensated. The digital display is large and clear and can be swiveled in various directions, making it easy to get those not-head-on shots. And when it's not being used, it can be flipped around so it's protected in transit. It can shoot RAW format which, while I rarely need it, is definitely nice to have for certain photos. Ditto for its 3D ability. It has all sorts of high-speed options and you can choose how long (or not at all) you want an image to display after you take the shot. I've found only a few annoyances so far. The big one is the (now standard) lack of a real manual. Hard to believe, Panasonic, but not everyone has a computer! And no computer is as handy to carry in my pocket as a manual would be. The other annoying thing is there's no play-only setting to look at your photos. In other words, you must power up the camera in record mode, have the lens extend and then press a button to switch to play mode. This extra in and out wastes battery power. Minor annoyances are interface related. The camera comes with a USB cable but it's too short to be very practical. And, while it has HDMI capability, the camera does not include a cable for same. I'll try to post a follow-up after I've used the camera for a while. I expect I'll be quite happy with it.
We are very pleased with our purchase, very affortable! We have used it for a month as of this review. The camara is very responsive. The zoom great. Eye viewer is fantastic since we might quilify as old timers versus those who perfer the screen view picture taking. Battery life thus far has been good (original batteries) The bluetooth feature is Awsome! To be able to communicate from camara to smartphone and pc is 21st century technology! There are two locations for using the zoom lens. Have use the camara mostly on <auto mode> but offers many other features for picture results. We highly recommend this if more are availible!
I'm a LUMIX fan, so I decided to buy this camera because of its potential and all the features it has. What a mistake! The quality of the pictures is just average (a lot of noise and poor colors). Autofocus is no that fast and sometimes it doesn't work, specially at mid range distances in automatic mode, so pictures are sharpless. Even the GPS is not relocating properly and it labels the pictures with previous pictures locations.The only thing I would recommend about the camera is the Full HD video recording mode, as we're used to see in Panasonic's digital cameras. But I supose you don't want this kind of camera just for recording videos. Be careful with the zoom, its noisy when you change it and seems weak. In fact, it fails autofocusing at mid range distances in my case. If you like useful and good quality cameras, don't buy this one. Don't get wrong with such an amount of promising features, its most important features doesn't really success.
Rated high and it lives up to expectation. Takes great pictures for me. Separate vidio record button is nice. Mic picks up crisp sound. Takes quality MP4 movies. A great choice for both pictures and vidio. I feel like I have quality in my hand when the lense moves. The screen is bright and menus are large enough for my over 50 year old eyes to read. It is fun to use. Flash is good for a point and shoot but takes about a second to fire in low light. The flash has two modes: iAuto that covers most cases and off.
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